The Scourge Between Stars | Review
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐
"As acting captain of the starship Calypso, Jacklyn Albright is responsible for keeping the last of humanity alive as they limp back to Earth from their forebears’ failed colony on a distant planet.
Faced with constant threats of starvation and destruction in the treacherous minefield of interstellar space, Jacklyn's crew has reached their breaking point. As unrest begins to spread throughout the ship’s Wards, a new threat emerges, picking off crew members in grim, bloody fashion.
Jacklyn and her team must hunt down the ship’s unknown intruder if they have any hope of making it back to their solar system alive."
The Scourge Between Stars is a standalone sci-fi horror novel by Ness Brown.
First and foremost, I would like to thank NetGalley and Tor for giving me the opportunity to review this in advance. Please note that this in no way affects my opinions. Also note that what I read was an ARC, and things may be subject to change for the official release.
In all honesty, I don't have much to say about this book because, well, it is a rather short one. The premise did intrigue me though since I do rather like the concept of space horror. In execution is where it ends up falling short because I don't think the author quite managed to successfully tell a new and tantalizing story. This is a very hard genre to navigate because most space horrors revolve around the same thing, and as an author, you have to somehow rise above mediocrity.
I am not saying that this was bad, it was just mediocre. Especially when you naturally compare it to titles that excelled in this area and became the face of the genre (I am talking about Aliens here). Even Aliens: Isolation offered a far better and more visceral experience, so if you like the concept as I did, maybe stick to those instead.